Richmond County deputies: Shooter drove victim to hospital

By: By William R. Toler - [email protected]

HAMLET — Deputies say an argument between two men led to one shooting the other.

Everette Lavvie Smith was at his home on Peggy Mill Road outside Hamlet with an acquaintance, Larry Donnell Nelson, on Thursday when they got into a disagreement and Smith allegedly shot Nelson, according to Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Smith then drove Nelson — who was suffering from a single gunshot wound — to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital-Hamlet (formerly Sandhills Regional Medical Center) for treatment. Hamlet police were called to the scene, and officers contacted the sheriff’s office about the gunshot victim, Gulledge said.

Nelson, 37, was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional-Rockingham (formerly Richmond Memorial Hospital) and then airlifted to an undisclosed trauma center.

Smith, 38, was arrested and charged with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon. On Friday, he was served with an additional charge of possession of a firearm with an altered serial number. That charge was not yet listed with online court records Friday afternoon.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail, where he remained Friday afternoon under a total $125,000 secured bond. Smith is scheduled to appear in Richmond County District Court on Oct. 12.

Smith was convicted in November of 2006 of assault inflicting serious injury, a felony, and received probation, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

His first conviction was in December of 2002 in Anson County on a misdemeanor charge of assault on an officer or state employee. Seventeen months later he was convicted of driving while impaired, also a misdemeanor. He received probation in both of those cases, as well.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.

Gun allegedly had altered serial number

By William R. Toler

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